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JENNY YUNCHEN CHAN
The Education University of Hong Kong jycchan.com
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, Hong Kong, SAR [email protected]
EDUCATION
2019 Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
2016 M.A. Developmental Psychology, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
2013 B.S. Honors in Psychology & Biology with Neurobiology option,
University of Wisconsin – Madison
EMPLOYMENT
2022 – Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education, The Education University of Hong Kong
CoDirector of the Centre for Educational and Developmental Sciences (begin in 2023),
The Education University of Hong Kong
2018 – 2022 Postdoctoral Scientist, Learning Sciences and Technologies,
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
2018 Adjunct Lecturer, Social Science and Policy Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
RESEARCH AREAS
Mathematical Thinking and Learning; Educational Technologies; Embodied and Perceptual Processes; Executive Function and Problem Solving; Language and Math; Relations and Interactions between Cognitive Skills; Multiple Levels of Analysis; Learning in Context
GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, HONORS, & AWARDS
 External Funding & Awards
2024 – 2026 Playful Learning of Math Equivalence: Design, Testing, and Analysis of a Game with Children and Caregivers. Early Career Scheme Funded by the HK University Grants Committee (PI; $1,164,060 HKD)
2024 – 2026 The Values Education for Entrepreneurial Spirit (VEES) Virtual Learning Platform: Nurturing Students' Entrepreneurial Spirit and Sense of Belonging to the Greater Bay Area (GBA). Quality Education Fund (CoI, PI: Chun Sing Maxwell Ho; $1,858,941 HKD)
2019 – 2021 Graspable Math Activities: Increasing Algebra Proficiency with Dynamic Notation Technology. Funded by ED/SBIR Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education (CoPI, PI: Erik Weitnauer; $900,000 USD)
2017 Dissertation Funding Award, Society for Research in Child Development ($2,000 USD)
2017 Student Travel Award, Society of Research in Child Development
2017 Student Travel Award, NIH Math Cognition and Learning Society
2016 Student Travel Award, NIH Math Cognition and Learning Society
 External Honors
2022 Scholar at the Modern MetaAnalysis Research Institute, Georgia State University
2022 Early Career Scholar, International Society of the Learning Sciences
2020 Scholar at the Adaptive Interventions and Sequential MultipleAssignment Randomized Trials (SMART) in Education, Institute of Social Research at University of Michigan
2020 Scholar at the Statistical Analyses for Causal Inferences in Early Childhood Mathematical Development, AERANSF Statistical Institute
 Internal Awards & Honors
2023 – 2024 Targeted Research Exchange Scheme, Faculty of Education and Human Development, The Education University of Hong Kong ($80,000 HKD)
2023 – 2024 Support Math Learning Through a Cooking Activity. Departmental Research Grant, The Education University of Hong Kong ($100,000 HKD)
2023 – 2024 Learning in Everyday Context: Design and Test a Math Game. Startup Grant, The Education University of Hong Kong ($150,000 HKD)
2023 Excellence in Publication Award, Early Childhood Education Department, The Education University of Hong Kong ($8,000 HKD)
2019 – 2021 Women’s Young Investigator Fellow, Worcester Polytechnic Institute ($3,000 USD)
2017 – 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities ($25,000 USD)
2017 Event Grant for Center for Cognitive Sciences Spring Research Day, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities ($500 USD)
2017 Conference Travel Grant, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities ($1,050.20 USD)
2017 Finalist, ThreeMinute Thesis Competition, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
2016 Herb Pick Applied Developmental Psychology Seed Grant, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities ($1,000 USD)
2016 Hauge Graduate Fellowship, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities ($1,400 USD)
2015 – 2017 Shingledecker Fellowship, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities ($15,000 USD)
2013 Outstanding Research Assistant Award, University of Wisconsin – Madison
2012 Trewartha Honors Research Grant, University of Wisconsin – Madison ($1,000 USD)
PUBLICATIONS
[Type]: J: Journal; C: Chapter; P: Proceeding; O: Other (Report, Blogs, Videos)
Role: c corresponding author; * graduate student, ⁺ undergraduate student, # research assistant
 Interdisciplinary Research, MetaScience, Outreach [4 Journal Articles, 1 Proceeding, 9 Others]
[J] Chan, J. Y.C.c & Mazzocco, M. M. M. (in press). New measures of number line estimation performance reveal children’s ordinal understanding of numbers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2024.105965 [Open Access]
[J] Chan, J. Y.C.c, Nagashima, T., Closser, A. H. (2023) Participatory design for Cognitive Science: Examples from the Learning Sciences and HumanComputer Interaction. Cognitive Science. DOI: 10.1111/cogs.13365 [Published Version]
[J] Chan, J. Y.C.c, & Mazzocco, M. M. M. (2021). Integrating qualitative and quantitative methods to develop a comprehensive coding manual: Measuring attention to mathematics in play contexts. Methods in Psychology, 4, 100044. DOI: 10.1016/j.metip.2021.100044 [Open Access]
[J] Chan, J. Y.C. & von Baeyer, C. L. (2016). Cognitive developmental influences on the ability of preschoolage children to selfreport their pain intensity. PAIN, 157(5), 9971001. DOI: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000476 [Accepted PDF] Featured as an editor’s choice
[P] Chan, J. Y.C.c, Chong, C. W. H.#, Tsang, S. Y. M.#, (2024) Participatory design of early math learning: A culturally situated playful approach in Hong Kong [Short Paper]. The 18th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2024, Buffalo, New York USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
[O] Chan, J. Y.C., Nagashima, T., Saxena, A., Jang, H., & Ho, C. (2024). Unlocking the power of collaborative partnership between researchers and practitioners in early childhood education. The 11th InterConversations Forum, Early Childhood Education at the Education University of Hong Kong. https://www.eduhk.hk/ece/en/highlights.php?id=8598
[O] Chan, J. Y.C., (2024). Empowering parents, teachers, and children: A Collaborative approach to playful math learning. Knowledge Sharing on Early Childhood Education: Reaching Out to Cambodian Stakeholders, Cambodia Early Childhood Education Project. https://youtu.be/eyJApS_nZc
[O] Chan, J. Y.C. (2023) Playing and Cooking: Early Math Learning in Everyday Contexts. Department of Early Childhood Education EDUHK. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAgVQCDHMDc
[O] Chan, J. Y.C. (2023) Reveal Hidden Math in Everyday Context. Early Childhood Education Newsletter. https://www.eduhk.hk/ece/files/file/department/ece/Engagement/Community_Service/Final_Newsletter_Eng_Jun_2023.pdf
[O] Closser, A. H., Chan, J. Y.C., Smith, H., & Ottmar, E. R. (2022). Perceptual learning in math: Implications for educational research, practice, and technology. Rapid Community Report Series. Digital Promise and the International Society of the Learning Sciences. https://repository.isls.org/handle/1/7668
[O] Chan, J. Y.C. & Mazzocco M. (2021). Expand Mathematical Thinking During Block and Pretend Play [Blog]. Development and Research in Early Math Education, Stanford University.
[O] Chan, J. Y.C., Mazzocco, M., & Onesti, M. (2021). Expanding Children’s Math Thinking through Comments, Questions, and Conversations [Blog]. Development and Research in Early Math Education, Stanford University.
[O] Ottmar, E., Lee, J. E., Weitnauer, E., & Chan, J. Y.C. (2020). Graspable Math: Moving algebraic understanding, 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase [Video]. STEM for All Video Showcase: Learning from Research and Practice.
[O] Chan, J. Y.C. (2018). Executive Function Skills and Math [Blog]. Reflection Sciences. Featured in Reflection Sciences Parent Newsletter  June 2018.
 Contextual Influences [10 Journal Articles, 2 Chapters, 5 Proceedings]
[J] Chan, J. Y.C.c, Closser, A. H.*, Ngo, V.*, Smith, H.*, Liu, A., & Ottmar, E. (2023). Examining shifts in conceptual knowledge, procedural knowledge, and procedural flexibility in the context of two gamebased technologies. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 39, 12741289 DOI: 10.1111/jcal.12798 [Accepted version embargoed until March 2025]
[J] Chan, J. Y.C.c, Linnell, L. D.⁺, Trac, C.⁺, Drzewiecki, K.*, & Ottmar, E. (2023). Test of Times New Roman: Effects of font type on mathematical performance. Educational Research for Policy and Practice. DOI: 10.1007/s10671023093338 [Accepted PDF]
[J] DeckerWoodrow, L., Mason, C. A., Lee, J. E., Chan, J. Y.C., Sales, A., Liu, A., & Tu, S. (2023). The impacts of three educational technologies on algebraic understanding in the context of COVID19. AERA Open. DOI: 10.1177/23328584231165919
[J] Chan J. Y.C.c, Ottmar, E. R., Smith, H.*, & Closser, A. H.* (2022). Variables versus numbers: Effects of symbols and algebraic knowledge on students’ problemsolving strategies. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 71, 102114. DOI: 10.1016/j.cedpsych.2022.102114 [Open Access]
[J] Chan, J. Y.C.c, Lee, J.E., Mason, C. A., Sawrey, K. B., & Ottmar, E. R., (2022). From Here to There!: A dynamic algebraic notation system improves understanding of equivalence in middleschool students. Journal of Educational Psychology, 114(1), 56–71. DOI: 10.1037/edu0000596 [Accepted PDF]
[J] Lee, J.E., Hornburg, C. B., Chan, J. Y.C., & Ottmar., E. (2022). Perceptual and number effects on students’ initial solution strategies in an interactive online mathematics game. Journal of Numerical Cognition, 8(1), 166182. DOI: 10.5964/jnc.8323 [Open Access]
[J] Smith, H.*, Closser, A. H.*, Ottmar, E., & Chan, J. Y.C. (2022). The impact of algebra worked example presentation on student learning. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 36(2), 363–377. DOI: 10.1002/acp.3925
[J] Chan, J. Y.C.c, PrausSingh, T. L. & Mazzocco, M. M.c (2020). Parents’ and young children’s attention to mathematical features varies across play materials. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 157, 6577. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2019.03.002 [Accepted PDF]
[J] Mazzocco, M. M. M., Chan, J. Y.C., Bye, J. K., Padrutt, E., PrausSingh, T. L., Lukowski, S., Brown, E., & Olson, R. E. (2020). Attention to numerosity varies across individual and task contexts. Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 22(4), 258280. DOI: 10.1080/10986065.2020.1818467 [Accepted PDF]
[J] Chan, J. Y.C. & Mazzocco, M. M. (2017). Competing features influence children’s attention to number. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 156, 6281. DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2016.11.008 [Accepted PDF]
[C] Chan, J. Y.C.c, Closser, A. H.*, Smith, H.*, Lee, J. E., Drzewiecki, K. C.*, & Ottmar, E. (2023). Grasping patterns of algebraic understanding: Dynamic technology facilitates learning, research, and teaching in mathematics education. In K. M. Robinson, D. Kotsopoulos, & A. K. Dubé (Eds), Mathematical Teaching and Learning: Perspectives on Mathematical Minds in the Elementary and Middle School Years (pp. 207 – 225). Switzerland: Springer Nature. DOI: 10.1007/9783031318481_12
[C] Mazzocco, M. M., Chan, J. Y.C., & Sera, M. D. (2016). Contextual sensitivity and the large number word bias: When is bigger really more? In A. Henik (Ed), Continuous Issues in Numerical Cognition: How Many or How Much (pp. 81 – 103). London, United Kingdom: Elsevier Academic Press. DOI: 10.1016/B9780128016374.000044
[P] Closser, A. H., Smith, H., Ottmar, E., Chan, J. Y.C. (2023) Designing worked examples for dynamic learning technologies: The effects of action and selfexplanation. [Short Paper]. The 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2023, Montreal, Canada: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
[P] Closser, A. H.*, Chan, J. Y.C., Smith, H.*, Ottmar, E. (2022). College students’ input on the design of worked examples for online environments [Empirical Research Report]. In Proceedings of the FortyFourth Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Nashville, TN.
[P] Chan, J. Y.C.c, Smith, H.*, Closser, A. H.*, Drzewiecki, K. C.*, & Ottmar, E. (2021). Number vs. variable: The effect of symbols on students’ math problem solving. In T. Fitch, C. Lamm, H. Leder, K. TeβmarRaible (Eds), Proceedings of the FortyThird Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (pp. 28362842). Vienna, Austria: University of Vienna. [PDF]
[P] Sawrey, K. B., Chan, J. Y.C., Ottmar, E., (2020). Equivalence tasks in a digital algebraic notation system promotes performance in middle school mathematics [Short Paper]. In M. Gresalfi & I. S. Horn (Eds), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) Vol. 3 (pp. 16571660). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences. [PDF]
[P] Sawrey, K. B., Chan, J. Y. C., Ottmar, E., Hulse, T.*, (2019). Experiencing equivalence with Graspable Math: Results from a middleschool study. [Brief Research Report] In S. Otten, A. G. Candela, A. de Araujo, C. Haines, & C. Munter (Eds) Proceedings of the FortyFirst Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. (pp. 17381743) St. Louis, MO: University of Missouri. [PDF]
 Cognitive and Affective Processes [7 Journal Articles, 3 Chapters, 2 Proceedings]
[J] Chan, J. Y.C.c, Byrne, C.⁺, Jerusal, J.⁺, Liu, A., Roberts, J.⁺, Ottmar, E. (2023). Keep DRAGging ON: Is solving more problems in DragonBox12+ associated with higher mathematical performance? British Journal of Educational Technology, 54, 943966. DOI: 10.1111/bjet.13304 [Open Access]
[J] Closser, A. H.*, Chan, J. Y.C., Ottmar, E. R. (2023). Resisting the urge to calculate: The relation between inhibitory control and perceptual cues in arithmetic performance. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. DOI: 10.1177/17470218231156125
[J] Chan, J. Y.C.c, Sera, M. D. & Mazzocco, M. M. M. (2022). Relational language influences young children’s number relation skills. Child Development, 93(4), 956972. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.13737 [Accepted PDF]
[J] Chan, J. Y.C.c, Scalise, N. R. (2022). Numeracy skills mediate the relation between executive function and mathematics achievement in early childhood. Cognitive Development, 62, 101154. DOI: 10.1016/j.cogdev.2022.101154 [Open Access]
[J] Chan, J. Y.C.c, Ottmar, E., & Lee, J.E., (2022). Slow down to speed up: Longer pause time before solving problems relates to higher strategy efficiency. Learning and Individual Differences. DOI: 10.1016/j.lindif.2021.102109 [Accepted PDF]
[J] Lee, J.E., Chan, J. Y.C., Botelho, A., & Ottmar, E. (2022). Does slow and steady win the race?: Clustering patterns of students’ behaviors in an interactive online mathematics game. Educational Technology Research and Development. DOI: 10.1007/s11423022101384 [Accepted PDF]
[J] Iannacchione, A.⁺, Ottmar, E., Ngo, V.*, Mason, C. A., Chan, J. Y.C., Smith, H.*, Drzewiecki, K.*, Shaw, S. T. (2022). Examining relations between math anxiety, prior knowledge, hint usage, and math performance in two different online learning contexts. Instructional Science. DOI: 10.1007/s11251022096046
[C] McMullen, J., Chan, J. Y.C., Mazzocco, M. M, & HannulaSormunen, M. (2019). Spontaneous mathematical focusing tendencies in mathematical development and education. In A. Norton and M. W. Alibali (Eds), Constructing Number: Merging Perspectives from Psychology and Mathematics Education (pp. 69 – 86). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. DOI: 10.1007/9783030004910_4
[C] Mazzocco, M. M., Chan, J. Y.C., & Prager, E. O. (2018). Working memory & specific learning disability: Math. In T. Alloway (Ed), Working Memory and Clinical Developmental Disorders: Theories, Debates and Interventions. Taylor and Francis. DOI: 10.4324/9781315302072
[C] Mazzocco, M. M., Chan, J. Y.C., & Bock, A. M. (2017). Early executive function and mathematics relations: Correlation does not ensure concordance. In C. DayHess, J. Sarama, D. Clements, and C. Germeroth (Eds), Advances in Child Development and Behavior: The Development of Early Childhood Mathematics Education (pp. 290 – 307). UK: Elsevier Academic Press. DOI: 10.1016/bs.acdb.2017.05.001
[P] Chan, J. Y.C. (2022) Cognitive developmental mechanisms of mathematical learning. In J. Oshima, T. Mochizuki, & Y. Hayashi (Eds.), General Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Meeting of the International Society of the Learning Sciences 2022. (pp. 131132). Hiroshima, Japan: International Society of the Learning Sciences. [PDF]
[P] Closser, A. H.*, Smith, H.*, Chan, J. Y.C. (2022). Algebra students’ impression of equation solving worked examples in an online environment [Brief Research Report]. In Proceedings of the FortyFourth Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Nashville, TN.
 Manuscripts in Submission
Closser, A. H., Botelho, A. F., & Chan, J. Y.C. (revision 1 under review). Unintended effects of operator position and item ordering in experimental math problems.
Chan, J. Y.C.c, Yip, S. H. K.#, Tsang, S. Y. M.#, & Lee, K. (under revision 1). Early Childhood Mathematics: Hong Kong’s strengths and culturally situated pedagogies in a global context.
Lee, J. E., Ottmar, E., Chan, J. Y. C., DeckerWoodrow, L., & Booker, B. (under revision 1). Relations between learning modality choices and movement on student mathematics achievement during the COVID19 pandemic: A mediation analysis.
Bye, J. K., Chan, J. Y.C., Closser, A. H., Lee, J.E., Shaw, S. T., & Ottmar, E. (under revision 1) Perceiving precedence: Order of operations errors are predicted by perception of equivalence expressions.
MillerCotto, D. & Chan, J. Y.C.c, Medrano, J. R. (under review) Identifying challenging aspects in mathematics: An analysis of students’ performance across topics and knowledge type.
Vieites, V., Chan, J. Y.C.c, Wang, J. (under review) The links between quantitative vs. spatial language and numeracy skills in U.S. kindergarten children
Ho, C. S. M., Chan, J. Y.C., & Lee, C. K. J. (under review). Developing and testing a theoryinformed learning management system intervention to promote students’ entrepreneurial attributes and aspirations
 Manuscripts in Preparation
Chan, J. Y.C. & Chan, W. W. L. (in prep) Number ordering skills as a potential pathway between math vocabulary knowledge and number line estimation performance.
Chan, J. Y.C., Scalise, N. R., Tsang, S. Y. M.# & Cheng, H. H. L.# (in prep). Supporting math and beyond: Hong Kong parent and teacher practices to foster young children’s development.
Smith, H.*, Ngo, V.*, Sales, A., Closser, A. H.*, Chan, J. Y.C., & Ottmar, E. (in prep). To wait or not to wait: Adding to the debate on immediate vs. delayed feedback.
DePascale, M. & Chan, J. Y.C. (in prep) Examining the multimodality of Spontaneous Focus on Number. Stage 1 Registered Report.
Leonard, S., Soltanlou, M., Chan, J. Y.C., DachesCohen, L., Rubinstein, O., Santos, F. H. (in prep). Multidirectional number line: The impact of script directionality and math anxiety on performance of English, Chinese, and Hebrew Literates.
Closser, A. H., Smith, H., Chan, J. Y.C., & Ottmar, E. (in prep). Viewing vs. Mirroring: The effects of action and selfexplanation in worked examples on algebra learning.
PRESENTATIONS
* graduate student, ⁺ undergraduate student, # research assistant
 Symposia Organized
P. Cheung & J. Y.C. Chan (2024) Enriching Mathematical Thinking through ParentChild Interaction. Symposium accepted for the 2024 International Conference for Research in Early Childhood Education and Development, Hong Kong SAR.
V. Y. J. He# & J. Y.C. Chan (2024) Symbolic and NonSymbolic Number Representation in Early Childhood: Neuroscientific, Psychometric, and Cognitive Perspectives. Symposium accepted for the 2024 International Conference for Research in Early Childhood Education and Development, Hong Kong SAR.
N. R. Scalise & J. Y.C. Chan (2024) What’s the Difference: Contextual Factors, Caregiver Beliefs, and Children’s Home Math Experiences. Symposium accepted for the 2024 Meeting of the Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society, D.C., United States.
J. Y.C. Chan (2023). Cognitive, Affective, and Developmental Factors in the Spatial and Ordinal Understanding of Numbers. Symposium presented at the 2023 Meeting of the Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society, Loughborough, United Kingdom.
J. Y.C. Chan (2020). Connecting ideas in mathematical learning. Symposium accepted at the 2020 Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society Conference, Dublin, Ireland. (Conference Canceled)
J. Y.C. Chan & J. K. Bye (2020). Problemsolving strategy in algebra: From lab to practice. Symposium presented at the 2020 Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society Conference, Dublin, Ireland. (Online Presentation)
J. Y.C. Chan & M. M. Mazzocco (2017), Malleability of spontaneous focus on numerosity and its relation with specific mathematics skills. Symposium presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.
 Conference Talks & Symposia
Kwan, R. W. T.#, Chan, W. Y. P.#, Chong, C. W. H.#, Tsang, S. Y. M.#, & Chan, J. Y.C. (2024, June) Order Up!: Empowering caregivers to design a math learning game grounded in everyday context. In P. Cheung & J. Y.C. Chan (CoChair), Enriching mathematical thinking through parentchild interaction [Symposium]. The 2024 International Conference for Research in Early Childhood Education and Development, Hong Kong SAR.
Tsang, S. Y. M.#, Cheng, H. H. L.#, Scalise, N. R., & Chan, J. Y.C. (2024, June) Math, language and beyond: Hong Kong children’s learning experiences at home and in school across learning domains. Paper accepted for the 2024 International Conference for Research in Early Childhood Education and Development, Hong Kong SAR.
Chan, J. Y.C., Scalise, N. R., Cheng, H. H. L.# & Tsang, S. Y. M.# (2024, June) Early math learning landscape in Hong Kong: Parent and teacher beliefs and practices in numeracy, spatial, and pattern activities. In N. R. Scalise & J. Y.C. Chan (CoChairs) What’s the Difference: Contextual Factors, Caregiver Beliefs, and Children’s Home Math Experiences. Symposium accepted for the 2024 Meeting of the Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society, D.C., United States.
Bye, J. K., Chan, J. Y.C., Closser, A. H., Lee, J.E., Shaw, S. T., & Ottmar, E. (2023, June). Perceiving precedence: Adherence to order of operations is predicted by students’ perception of equivalent expressions. In Medrano, J. (Chair), The role of perception in arithmetic cognition [Symposium]. The 2023 Meeting of the Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society, Loughborough, United Kingdom.
Chan, J. Y.C & Mazzocco, M. M. M. (2023, June). Number line estimation task provides insights into children’s ordinal understanding of numbers. In J. Y.C. Chan (Chair), Cognitive, Affective, and Developmental Factors in the Spatial and Ordinal Understanding of Numbers [Symposium]. The 2023 Meeting of the Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society, Loughborough, United Kingdom.
Chan, J. Y.C. Closser, A. H., Ngo, V., Smith, H., Liu, A. S., & Ottmar, E. R. (2023, June). The effects of educational technology games on students’ conceptual understanding of algebra in the context of COVID19 pandemic. In K. Stamatis & J. Polman (Cochairs), Designing to disrupt and encountering disruption: Engaging with the unexpected in educational research [Symposium]. The 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2023, Montreal, Canada: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Chan, J. Y.C. & Santos, F. (2022, June). How does Calcularis influence the development of numerical skills in children with Dyscalculia? Analyses of children’s interaction within the game. In C. Gilmore & L. Cragg (Cochairs), Using largescale educational app data to investigate mathematical learning processes [Symposium]. The 2022 Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society Conference, Belgium.
Lee, J. E., Ottmar, E., Chan, J. Y.C., Booker, B., & DeckerWoodrow, L. (2021, October). InPerson vs. Virtual: Learning modality choices and movement during COVID19 varies depending on students’ ethnicity and prior academic performance [Paper]. The 2021 Conference of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. (Online Presentation)
Chan, J. Y.C., Sera, M. D., & Mazzocco, M. M. M. (2021, April) Baseline EF skills are associated with children’s responsiveness to different types of numeracy training. In L. Moffett (Chair), Novel approaches to strengthening young children's math and executive functioning skills [Symposium]. The Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN.
Harrison, A.*, Smith, H.*, Chan, J. Y.C., Trac, C.⁺, & Ottmar, E. R. (2021, April). The effect of worked example presentation on student learning [Paper]. The 2021 Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Orlando, FL.
Chan, J. Y.C., Sidney, P. G., & Alibali, M. W. (2020, June). Colorcoding facilitates learning of area measurement. In J. Y. C. Chan (Chair), Connecting ideas in mathematical learning [Symposium]. The 2020 Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society Conference, Dublin, Ireland. (Conference Cancelled)
Chan, J. Y.C., Ottmar, E., & Lee, J. E. (2020, June). Longer presolving pause time relates to higher strategy efficiency. In J. Y. C. Chan & J. K. Bye (Cochairs), Problemsolving strategy in algebra: From lab to practice [Symposium]. The 2020 Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society Conference, Dublin, Ireland. (Online Presentation)
Mazzocco, M. M. M., Chan, J. Y.C., Sarah Lukowski. (2019, June). The effects of perceptual salience on attention to number. In McMullen, J. (Chair), Expanding examinations of spontaneous mathematical focusing tendencies [Symposium]. The 2019 Mathematical Learning and Cognition Society Conference, Ottawa, Canada.
Chan, J. Y.C., Sera, M. D., Mazzocco, M. M. (2019, March). Early numeracy skills mediate the association between relational language and mathematical skills. In Hurst, M. A. (Chair), Relational language and math: Variation across types of language and math activities [Symposium]. The 2019 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.
Chan, J. Y.C., Prokes, N.⁺, Bock, A. M., & Mazzocco, M. M. (2017, July). Parents and young children attend to numerical and mathematical features during play [Paper]. The 5th Annual Midwest Meeting on Mathematical Thinking, Minneapolis, MN.
Chan, J. Y.C. & Mazzocco, M. M. (2017, April). Competing features influence children’s attention to number. In J. Y. C. Chan & M. M. Mazzocco (Cochairs), Malleability of spontaneous focus on numerosity and its relation with specific mathematics skills [Symposium]. The Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.
Chan, J. Y.C., Prokes, N.⁺, Bock, A. M., & Mazzocco, M. M. (2017, April). Parents and young children attend to numerical and mathematical features during play. In C. Lombardi & E. Dearing (Cochairs), Parent and early educator support of children’s early mathematics learning [Symposium]. The Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.
Chan, J. Y.C. & Mazzocco, M. M. (2015, August). The effect of task features on tendency to attend to numbers: Is SFON Spontaneous? [Paper]. The 3rd Annual Midwest Meeting on Mathematical Thinking, Minneapolis, MN.
 Conference Posters, Roundtable Discussions, & Lightning Talks
Chan, J. Y.C., Chan, W. W. L. (2024, March). Number ordering skills: Are they a mediator between math vocabulary knowledge and number line estimation performance among children in Hong Kong? [Poster]. The 2024 Meeting for the Cognitive Development Society (CDS), Pasadena, USA.
Chan, J. Y.C., Byrne, C.+, Jerusal, J.+, Liu, A. S., & Ottmar, E. (2023, June). How and for whom does DragonBox12+ support math learning? The relation between ingame progress and math performance [Poster]. The 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2023, Montreal, Canada: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Liu, A., Chan, J. Y.C., Lee, J.E., DeckerWoodrow, L., Tu, S., Sales, A., & Mason, C. A. (2022, June). Does where you start matter? The interaction between prior knowledge and effectiveness of gamebased intervention [Poster]. The 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2022, Hiroshima, Japan: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Smith, H.*, Ngo, V.*, Sales, A., Closser, A. H.*, Chan, J. Y.C., & Ottmar, E. (2022, June) To wait or not to wait: Adding to the debate on immediate vs. delayed feedback [Poster]. The 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2022, Hiroshima, Japan: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Chan, J. Y.C., Closser, A. H.*, Ngo, V.*, Smith, H.*, Ottmar, E. (2022, April). From performance to perception: A laboratorybased task to detect changes in students’ perception of math equivalence in technology interventions [Roundtable discussion]. The 2022 Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Diego, CA.DOI: 10.3102/IP.22.1882721
Bye, J, Lee, J. E., Chan, J. Y.C., Closser, A. H.*, Shaw, S., Ottmar, E. (2022, April) Perceiving precedence: Order of operations errors are predicted by perception of equivalent expressions [Poster]. The 2022 Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Diego, CA.
Botelho, A., Chan, J. Y.C., Trac, C.⁺, Closser, A. H.*, Smith, H.*, Drzewiecki, K. C.*, & Ottmar, E. (2021, July). State vs. Trait: Examining gaming the system in the context of math perception task [Poster]. The Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (Online Presentation)
Closser, A. H.*, Smith, H.*, Chan, J. Y.C., Trac, C.⁺, & Ottmar, E. (2021, June). Worked examples: Do learning and perceived helpfulness align? [Poster]. The Annual Meeting of the International Society of the Learning Sciences. (Online Presentation)
Linnell, L.⁺, Drzewiecki, K.*, Trac, C.⁺, Ottmar, E, Chan, J. Y.C. (2021, May). Undetected Influences: Font Types and Math Performance [Lightning Talk]. The 2021 Annual Conference of the Association for Psychological Science. (Online Presentation)
Scalise, N. R., & Chan, J. Y.C. (2021, April). Relations between executive functioning, numeracy, and math achievement in early childhood [Preregistered poster]. The Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN.
Chan, J. Y.C., Ottmar, E., Smith, H.*, Harrison, A.*, Drzewiecki, K.* (2021, April). Effects of numbers vs. variables on students’ expression transformation processes and strategies [Poster]. The Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN. (Online Presentation)
Chan, J. Y.C., Drzewiecki, K. C.*, Linnell, L. D.⁺, Trac, C.⁺, Ottmar, E. (2021, April). Test of Times New Roman: Effects of font type on mathematics performance [Roundtable Discussion]. The 2021 Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Orlando, FL.
Lee, J. E., Hornburg, C. B., Chan, J. Y.C., & Ottmar., E. (2021, April). Perceptual and number effects on students’ solution strategies in an interactive online mathematics game [Roundtable Discussion]. The 2021 Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Orlando, FL.
Smith, H.*, Harrison, A.*, Chan, J. Y.C., & Ottmar, E. (2020, October). The effects of worked example formats on student learning of algebra [Poster]. The 41st Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PMENA), Mazatlán, México. DOI: 10.51272/pmena.42.2020233
Chan, J. Y.C., Lee, J. E., & Ottmar, E. (2020, June). Using clickstream data to better understand students’ algebraic thinking [Collaboration Pitch]. The 2020 Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society Conference, Dublin, Ireland. (Online Presentation)
Chan, J. Y.C., Sera, M. D. & Mazzocco, M. M. (2020, June). Relational language predicts number relation skills but not number counting/identification skills in kindergarten students [Poster]. The 2020 Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society Conference, Dublin, Ireland. (Online Presentation)
Smith, H.*, Chan, J. Y.C., St. John, J., Ottmar, O., & Arroyo, I. (2020, June). Is bigger better? Comparing the effects of linear board games on children’s numerical knowledge [Poster]. The 2020 Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society Conference, Dublin, Ireland. (Conference Canceled)
Smith, H.*, Harrison, A.*, Chan, J. Y.C., & Ottmar, E. (2020, June). Dynamic vs. static: Which worked examples work best? [Poster]. The 2020 Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society Conference, Dublin, Ireland. (Online Presentation)
Iannacchione, A.⁺, Ottmar, E., Chan, J. Y.C., & Drzewiecki, K.* (2020, June). Examining relations of math anxiety and algebra performance in two technology interventions [Poster]. The 2020 Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society Conference, Dublin, Ireland. (Online Presentation)
Chan, J. Y.C., Sawrey, K. B., Hulse, T.*, & Ottmar, E. (2020, April). Think before you act: Thinking time contributes to math problemsolving efficiency [Roundtable Discussion]. The 2020 Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA. (Online Presentation)
Chan, J. Y.C., Sidney, P. G., & Alibali, M. W., (2019, November) Corresponding color coding facilitates learning of area measurement [Poster]. The 41st Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PMENA), St. Louis, MO. https://www.pmena.org/proceedings
Chan, J. Y.C., Hulse, T.*, Sawrey, K., Ottmar, E., (2019, November) Students' behavior in a dynamic algebra notation system as indicators of their algebra skills [Poster]. The 41st Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PMENA), St. Louis, MO. https://www.pmena.org/proceedings
Chan, J. Y.C., Sera, M. D., Mazzocco, M. M. (2019, June). Specific early numeracy skills mediate the relation between executive function skills and mathematical skills [Lightning Talk]. The 2019 Mathematical Cognition and Learning Conference, Ottawa, Canada.
Chan, J. Y.C., Hulse, T.*, Sawrey, K., Ottmar, E., (2019, June) Experience with a dynamic algebra notation system predicts highschool students’ algebra performance [Poster]. The 2019 Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society Conference, Ottawa, Canada.
Chan, J. Y.C. & Mazzocco, M. M. (2017, October). Relations between contextual sensitivity to lexical ambiguity and early mathematics performance in 7 year olds [Poster]. Cognitive Development Society Meeting, Portland, OR.
Bock, A., Chan, J. Y.C., Mazzocco, M. M., Praus, T.⁺, & Prokes, N.⁺ (2017, July). Parents' role in preschoolers’ patterning [Poster]. The 5th Annual Midwest Meeting on Mathematical Thinking, Minneapolis, MN.
Chan, J. Y.C. & Mazzocco, M. M. (2017, May). Parents and young children attend to numerical and other mathematical features during play [Poster]. The Mathematical Cognition and Learning Conference, Nashville, TN.
Bock, A. M., Chan, J. Y.C., Mazzocco, M. M. (2017, April) Parents’ and children’s spontaneous creation and discussion of patterns [Poster]. The Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.
Clements, L., LeMahieu, R., Chan, J. Y.C., Hutchison, J., Prager, E., Mazzocco, M., Phillips, D., Dearing, E. (2017, April) Direction language during parentchild play activities as executive function support [Poster]. The Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.
Chan, J. Y.C. & Mazzocco, M. M. (2016, May). Children’s judgments of numbers in context reveal emerging number concepts [Poster]. The Mathematical Cognition and Learning Conference, Fort Worth, TX.
Chan, J. Y.C. & Mazzocco, M. M. (2016, May). Competing features influence children’s attention to number [Poster]. The 28th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
Mazzocco, M. M., Chan, J. Y.C. & Praus, T. L.⁺ (2015, March). Children’s judgments of numbers in context reveal emerging number concepts [Poster]. The Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.
Mazzocco, M. M., Chan, J. Y.C. & Praus, T. L.⁺ (2014, July). Children’s judgments of numbers in context reveal emerging number concepts [Poster]. The 2nd Annual Midwest Meeting on Mathematical Thinking, Madison, WI.
Sidney, P., Chan, J. Y.C. & Alibali, M. W. (2013, April). Developing operation sense: Children’s and adults’ arithmetic with countable and uncountable amounts [Poster]. The Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.
 Invited Symposium Discussant
J. Y.C. Chan (2024, June). Discussant in V. Y. J. He# & P. Cheung (CoChairs), Creating Supportive Ecologies: Strategies for Enhancing Children's Engagement and Learning in Mathematical Development. Symposium to be presented at the 2024 International Conference for Research in Early Childhood Education and Development, Hong Kong SAR.
J. Y.C. Chan (2024, June). Discussant in W. Yang (Chair), Cultivating 21st Century Skills in Early Childhood Education through Computational Thinking and Robotics. Symposium to be presented at the 2024 International Conference for Research in Early Childhood Education and Development, Hong Kong SAR.
 Invited Talks
Chan, J. Y.C., (2024). Developing a playful math game: A participatory design approach. Psychology and Child & Human Development, National Institute of Education Singapore.
Chan, J. Y.C., (2023). Gamebased learning technologies: Design considerations and research possibilities. Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Saarland University Germany.
Chan, J. Y.C., Nagashima, T., Chua, S. (2023).COIL: What is it? How to get started? Ideas for feedback. Department of Early Childhood Education, The Education University of Hong Kong.
Chan, J. Y.C. (2021). Grasping patterns of algebraic understanding: Dynamic technology supports learning and research in mathematical cognition. Centre for Educational Neuroscience, University of London.
Chan, J. Y.C. (2021). Cognitive mechanisms of math learning: The role of relational language in early numeracy development. Early Childhood Education Department, The Education University of Hong Kong, HK.
Chan, J. Y.C. (2020). Language, behavioral regulation, and math learning. Child Development Department, California State University – Dominguez Hills, CA.
Chan, J. Y.C. (2020). Cognitive foundations of math development. Psychology Department, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, MD.
Chan, J. Y.C. (2020). Influences of perception, action, and cognition on math learning. Cyberpsychology Program, New Jersey Institute of Technology, NJ.
Chan, J. Y.C. (2020). Cognitive mechanisms of math skills development. Learning Sciences and Technologies Program, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA.
Chan, J. Y.C. (2018). Contextual influences on children’s attention to math features. Department of Psychological Sciences, Kent State University, OH.
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
2018–2022 Postdoctoral Scientist, Math Abstraction Play Learning Embodiment Lab
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Principal Investigator: Erin R. Ottmar
2013–2018 Graduate Research Assistant, Math and Numeracy Lab
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Principal Investigator: Michèle M. M. Mazzocco
2014–2015 Graduate Research Assistant, Minnesota Children’s Hospital
Principal Investigator: Carl L. von Baeyer
2010–2013 Undergraduate Research Assistant, Cognitive Development & Communication Lab University of Wisconsin – Madison
Principal Investigator: Martha W. Alibali; Project Mentor: Pooja Sidney
2012–2013 Undergraduate Research Assistant, Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience University of Wisconsin – Madison
Principal Investigator: Richard J. Davidson; Project Mentor: Daniel Levinson
2012 Undergraduate Intern, Laboratory for Developmental Studies Harvard University
Principal Investigator: Susan E. Carey; Project Mentor: Amy Skerry
TEACHING & MENTORING EXPERIENCE
 Instructor
ECE 0025 Child Development, The Education University of Hong Kong (20222024, 50 students)
ECE 4266/68 Research Methods for Early Childhood and Family Studies, EdUHK (20222024, 30 students)
ECE 3259 Current Research in Child Development, EdUHK (20222024, 30 students)
PSY 1404 Developmental Psychology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Fall 2018, 30 students)
CPS 2301 Introduction to Child Psychology, University of Minnesota (Spring 2016, 15 students)
 Teaching Assistant
Cognitive Development, University of Minnesota (Spring 2014, 90 students)
Language Development, University of Minnesota (Fall 2013, 60 students; Fall 2014, 85 students)
 Project Supervisor
ECE 4267 Final Year Project for Early Childhood and Family Studies (20232024, 11 students)
Nursery School Attachment Scheme, The Education University of Hong Kong (2024)
International School Attachment Program, The Education University of Hong Kong (2023)
 Professional Development Workshop Presenter
COIL Presenter, Early Childhood Education, The Education University of Hong kong (2023)
Job Search Discussion, Learning Sciences and Technologies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA (2020)
Conference Discussion, Learning Sciences and Technologies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA (2019)
 Mentor
Postgraduate Students and Assistants
Angel On Ki Wan, The Education University of Hong Kong (2023 – )
Yiqi Mai, The Education University of Hong Kong (2023 – )
Valerie Yijie He, The Education University of Hong Kong (2024 – )
Winnie Yan Ping Chan, The Education University of Hong Kong (2023 – )
Rachel Wing Tao Kwan, The Education University of Hong Kong (2023 – )
Hermione Tsang Cheng, The Education University of Hong Kong (2023 – )
Shirley Yuen Man Tsang, The Education University of Hong Kong (2023 – )
Cherry Wing Ha Chong, The Education University of Hong Kong (2023 – )
Luisa Perez, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2020 – 2022)
Vy Ngo, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2020 – 2022)
Kathryn Drzewiecki, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2019 – 2020)
Hannah Smith, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2019 – 2022)
Avery Harrison Closser, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2019 – 2022)
Undergraduate and Highschool Students
Mandy Pui Man Chan, The Education University of Hong Kong (2023 – )
Hailey Hoi Lam Cheng, The Education University of Hong Kong (2023 – )
Janette Jerusal, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2021 – 2022)
Chloe Byrne, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2021 – 2022)
Justin Roberts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2021 – 2022)
Simone NelsonWhite, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2021)
Stephanie Reis, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2020 – 2022)
Julie Andrade, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2020 – 2021)
Cindy Trac, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2019 – 2022)
LillyBeth Linnell, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2019 – 2022)
Alisionna Iannacchione, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2019 – 2021)
Shreyashee Bhattacharjee, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2018 – 2019)
Patrick O’Mullan, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2018 – 2019)
Jena Nickolay, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2017 – 2018)
Courtney Alama, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2017 – 2018)
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 Teaching
Mentee at the Cognitive Development Society Mentorship Program (20212022)
Fundamentals of Scientific Teaching and Pedagogy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2020)
Preparing for Future Faculty, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2017)
 Writing
Writing Workshop, Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society (2019, 2021)
Grant Writing Seminar, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2016)
 Research Methods
Simon Initiative LearnLab Summer School: Educational Data Mining, Carnegie Mellon University (2021)
Mplus workshop, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2020)
Responsible Conduct of Research, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2020)
Factor Analyses and Structural Equation Models, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2016)
Hierarchical Linear Models, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2016)
Advanced Multiple Regression, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2015)
Factor Analysis, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2015)
Intermediate R Programming, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2014)
SERVICE TO PROFESSION
 Community Building and Outreach
Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society Governing Board Member (2024)
Academic Career Panelist, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2022)
Academic Job Market Panelist, Math Cognition and Learning Society (2021)
Virtual STEM Fair Judge, Mass Academy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2021; 2022)
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Panelist, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2017)
Community Symposium Table Leader. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2015)
 Grant Review
National Science Foundation Panelist (2021)
Dissertation Research Funding Awards, Society for Research in Child Development (2020)
Research and Travel Grants, University of Minnesota  Twin Cities (2017 – 2018)
Graduate Small Grant, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2017 – 2018)
 Journal Review
Cognitive Development (Editorial Board Member; 20232024)
American Educational Research Journal (2020)
Child Development (2017; 2021)
Cognitive Science (2023)
Contemporary Educational Psychology (2024)
Educational Psychology (2022)
Educational Psychology Review (2023)
Games (2020)
Journal for the Study of Education and Development (2024)
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology (2017)
Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology (2020)
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (2023)
Journal of Educational Psychology (2020; 2021)
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (2023; 2024)
Journal of Mathematical Behavior (2018; 2019)
Journal of Mathematical Thinking and Learning (2019; 2020)
Journal of Numerical Cognition (2017)
Journal of Pain (2017)
Learning and Individual Differences (2019; 2021; 2024)
Learning and Instruction (2023)
Memory (2022)
Mind Brain Education (2023)
PLOS One (2019; 2020)
Social Education Research (2020)
 Conference Review
Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society (2024)
International Society of the Learning Sciences (2021– 2024)
American Psychological Association Division 15 – Educational Psychology (2021)
American Educational Research Association Conference (2020 – 2021)
Cognitive Science Society Conference (2015 – 2020)
Psychology and Mathematics Education Conference (2019 – 2022)
Society for Research in Child Development (2020)
DEPARTMENTAL & UNIVERSITY SERVICE
 Committee Chair, Coordinator, or Organizer
Final Year Project Coordinator, B.A. in Early Childhood and Family Studies, EdUHK (2022 – Present)
Spring Research Day Chair, Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Minnesota (2016 – 2017)
Minnesota Symposium Event Coordinator, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2017)
 Committee Member
International Conference for Research in Early Childhood Education and Development Organizing Committee, Early Childhood Education, EdUHK (2023 – 2024)
International Summer School for Doctoral Students Organizing Committee Member, Early Childhood Education, EdUHK (2023 – 2024)
Departmental Teaching and Learning Committee Member, Early Childhood Education, EdUHK
(2023 – 2025)
Departmental Research and Higher Degree Committee Member, Early Childhood Education, EdUHK (2023 – 2025)
Academic Atmosphere Committee, Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
(2017 – 2018)
Departmental Colloquium Committee, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
(2016 – 2017; 2013 – 2014)
Departmental Diversity Committee, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
(2015 – 2016)
Department Research Committee, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
(2014 – 2015)
LANGUAGES
English native in reading, fluent in writing and speaking
Mandarin Chinese native in reading, writing, and speaking
Taiwanese/Minnan good in reading and writing, fluent in speaking
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Society for Research in Child Development (2015 – Present)
Cognitive Science Society (2015 – Present)
Cognitive Development Society (2017 – Present)
Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society (2019 – Present)
International Society of the Learning Sciences (2020 – Present)
Women in Cognitive Science (2020 – Present)
American Educational Research Association (2020 – Present)
Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Minnesota  Twin Cities (2015 – 2018)
Research interests
Teaching Interests
Cognitive Development, Learning and Cognition, Child Development, Human Development, Research Methods and Projects
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Projects
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Playful Learning of Math Equivalence: Design, Testing, and Analysis of a Game with Children and Caregivers.
CHAN, Y.C. (PI), LEE, K. (Team Member), Nagashima, T. (Team Member), Scalise, N. (Team Member), Crawford, A. (Team Member), Mazzocco, M. (Team Member) & Alibali, M. (Team Member)
01/01/24 → 30/06/26
Project: Research project

New measures of number line estimation performance reveal children's ordinal understanding of numbers
CHAN, Y.C. & MAZZOCCO, M. M. M., Sept 2024, In: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 245, 105965.Research output: Contribution to journal › Articles › peerreview
Open Access 
Examining relations between math anxiety, prior knowledge, hint usage, and performance of math equivalence in two different online learning contexts
IANNACCHIONE, A., OTTMAR, E., NGO, V., MASON, C. A., CHAN, Y.C., SMITH, H., DRZEWIECKI, K. C. & SHAW, S. T., Apr 2023, In: Instructional Science. 51, p. 285307Research output: Contribution to journal › Articles › peerreview
3 Citations (Scopus) 
Examining shifts in conceptual knowledge, procedural knowledge and procedural flexibility in the context of two gamebased technologies
CHAN, Y.C., CLOSSER, A. H., NGO, V., SMITH, H., LIU, A. S. & OTTMAR, E., Aug 2023, In: Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. 39, 4, p. 12741289Research output: Contribution to journal › Articles › peerreview
5 Citations (Scopus) 
Grasping patterns of algebraic understanding: Dynamic technology facilitates learning, research, and teaching in mathematics education
CHAN, Y.C., CLOSSER, A. H., SMITH, H., LEE, J.E., DRZEWIECKI, K. C. & OTTMAR, E., 2023, Mathematical teaching and learning: Perspectives on mathematical minds in the elementary and middle school years. ROBINSON, K. M., KOTSOPOULOS, D. & DUBÉ, A. K. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 207225Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapters
1 Citation (Scopus) 
Keep DRAGging ON: Is solving more problems in DragonBox 12+ associated with higher mathematical performance during the COVID19 pandemic?
CHAN, Y.C., BYRNE, C., JERUSAL, J., LIU, A. S., ROBERTS, J. & OTTMAR, E., Jul 2023, In: British Journal of Educational Technology. 54, 4, p. 943966Research output: Contribution to journal › Articles › peerreview
Open Access1 Citation (Scopus)